Rotary International


John F. Germ

Rotary District 5160 Governor:

Fred Collignon

Durham Rotary President:
Ravi Saip


Rowel Editor: Phil Price
Rowel Publisher: Jen Liu




March 21st, 2017


The  2017 Harvest Festival will be held on September 17, 2017


2017                                         Calendar for Durham Rotary



1 2 3 4
5 6 7
Joan Webster of the California Women for Agriculture
(Steve Plume)
8 9 10 11
12 13 14
Single Malt Scotch Tasting by Paul Bissett
(Steve Greenwood)
15 16 17 18
19 20 21
Steve Lambert, Butte County Board of Supervisors on Oroville Dam situation
(Larry Bradley)
22 23 24 25
26 27 28
Mr Stephen Arrington, former navy diver who was arrested with John DeLorean for smuggling drugs and recently pardoned.
(Glenn Pulliam)
29 30 31


2 3 4
No Meeting
5 6 7 8
North Valley District Assembly at  Chico Campus of Butte College
9 10 11
(Dave Jessen)
12 13 14 15
16 17 18
No Meeting
19 20 21 22
23 24 25
Dina Zaphris, President & Founder In Situ
(Jim Kirks)
26 27 28 29

President Ravi Saip opened the meeting.  Steve Plume volunteered to lead the pledge, which he did.  President Ravi then asked Larry Bradley to lead us in a song.  He led us in “America”.  Jim Patterson then gave the invocation.


Ravi, with the assistance of Jen Liu, showed two video clips.  The first was about Rotary’s benefits.  The second was about a project in Poland educating mentally disabled children. 


Ravi also auctioned a District Conference t-shirt.  Jen bought it for $25 in honor of Jim Edwards (former member, now deceased)  




March 28th:  Glenn Pulliam has secured Stephen Arrington of Paradise. He is the former navy diver who was arrested with John DeLorean for smuggling drugs and recently pardoned.

April 8th: North Valley District Assembly.


April 11th: Dave Jessen


April 25th:  Jim Kirks will present Dina Zaphris, President & Founder In Situ Foundation.


May 9th:   Daryl Polk


May 16th:  Hot Dog picnic at Durham Park


May 23rd:  Jen Liu


If a Tuesday is not listed above, there is no meeting that week.





Larry Bradley introduced Steve Lambert, 4th District Supervisor and his program for the night.  He also introduced Vance Boyes of the Colusa Club, and Steve Heithecker, who is becoming a member.


Steve Plume introduced Jen Gallagher, J.R.’s wife, Meriam Dennis and Rebeca Dennis, visitors.




The next meeting will be next Tuesday at the BCCC.  Glenn Pulliam has  secured Stephen Arrington of Paradise to be our speaker on March 28th. You may have read about him in the ER and/or the News and Review. He is the former navy diver who was arrested with John DeLorean for smuggling drugs and recently pardoned. He sounds like a very interesting program.




Giants Baseball Tickets Auction


Next week Roy Ellis will auctioning 4 Giants baseball tickets which he is donating to the club.  They are for the game on April 12th at 7:15 pm and are seats 7, 8, 9 and 10 in row 65, section LB104.  Check your calendar and have your money ready.


Camp Royal Students Selected


Larry Bradley announced that his committee has selected the students to attend Camp Royal this year.  They are Rachel Marrs, Ali Argo, Hunter Folks and Josiah Badie.  Alternates are Natilie Thorpe and Grant Patterson.


Camp Venture Student To Be Selected


Mike Wacker announced that our Camp Venture student will be selected next Tuesday at 1:00 pm at the High School.  Anyone who wants to assist Mike should be there.


Scholarship Interviews


Roy Ellis will be conducting scholarship interviews on May 1, 2017 at 8:00 am.  They will be at the High School.  Anyone who wants to attend, please let Roy know.


Letters From the District Governors

Dear Rotary District 5160 Club Officers,

Our Annual District Business Meeting will be held at our upcoming District Conference, this coming Saturday March 25.   This year, there are no proposed resolutions on which to vote.  Our purpose for meeting will be to approve the D5160 6-30-16 Year-End Financial Report, and accompanying Audit Committee report. This will include the Statement of Local Grants Activity, FY 2013-14.  Approval of the report is required by Rotary International.

Our Policy Manual provides for one vote per 25 members (or major fraction thereof).  Please send at least one ELECTOR, who may vote on behalf of any absent ELECTORS from your club.  

Please bring questions for your District Governor, about these reports or about any other subject, to the  annual business meeting.

The business meeting is currently planned for 3:40 PM. Saturday, March 25. Please refer to your complete conference schedule for location, and to confirm the time as there is a possibility of last-minute changes.  The complete shedule will be handed out at the conference registration table.


Fred Collignon

Dear Rotarian,

Exciting news! District 5160 needs administrative support for our Governors and leadership team members. Are you or your firm looking to apply your amazing organizational skills for a worthy cause? Perhaps you would like to get more involved with our Rotary District? We are looking for an independent contractor for freelance work. This could be the perfect project for you!

Due to the critical nature of certain tasks that must be completed for the benefit of all Rotary Clubs in District 5160, the District has budgeted funds for an independent contractor who would provide administrative support to the District.

Services to be performed are administrative and clerical support activities for the District Governor and district leadership team. The ideal candidate will have excellent time management skills and provide the services from his or her home or office, and will have up to date computer equipment, phone and supplies. The fee will be determined, along with the services provided. Invoices will be submitted for services performed to the district monthly. This position will work closely with the District Governor and District Governor Elect and will meet weekly or bi-monthly via in-person meetings, Go to Meeting, or phone conferences.

Skills Required:

Excellent communication skills through phone conferences, in-person meetings, and all forms of electronic communications, including email, text, Facebook and other social media, and on various devices such as smart phones, computers, lap tops, iPads or other tablets.

Good computer skills on MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook or other email platform.

Duties may include, word processing, creating spreadsheets and maintaining data, keeping master district calendar, fielding telephone calls, keeping records online and via document filing. Software skills, internet research abilities are required. A more complete services description is available should you have questions.

This unique position will enjoy many perks including interaction with leaders of all clubs in the District, and a birds-eye view inside District events, socials and District governance. The ideal person will have a friendly, positive attitude and a service-oriented approach to life.

If you would like specific details about the services to be provided, please email Dess Benedetto at by April 3, 2017. This posting is being announced first to Rotarians, and thereafter will be posted to the public. Please feel free to forward this announcement to any qualified candidates you recommend.

Yours in Rotary service,

Gary Vilhauer

Gary Vilhauer
District Governor Elect 2017-18


Rise Against Hunger

(formerly Stop Hunger Now)


The packaging meals for hungry kids will take place on April 29, 2017.  Lunch will follow.




Experience fun of making new Rotarian friends while riding your bicycle and contributing $15 to Polio Plus.

A lucky 15 bicyclists will mount his/her bicycle and ride with Centennial District 5160 Conference Rotarians from Berkeley Marina to Oakland’s Jack London Square. Riders do not need to register for the District Conference.

“Pedaling for Polio” kicks-off the district conference in Berkeley on Friday, March 24. The ride is open to the first 15 Rotarian registrants.

Designed for cyclists of any skill level to ride at his/her comfortable pace to raise money to support The Rotary Foundation’s goal - eradicating polio. A personal benefit is meeting Rotarian bicycle enthusiasts.

This is a no-drop ride!

Cyclists depart at 10:00 a.m. riding a combination of San Francisco Bay Trail and city streets to Oakland's Jack London Square a distance of 7.3 miles, per Google Earth. Riding time is estimated at 42 minutes. A queue sheet is available for this segment.

If you ride from district conference Hotel Shattuck to the marina, the largely downhill ride is 2.9 miles, an estimated 17 minute bike ride, without traffic.

SAG wagon is available.

"The Jack London area is a nice destination and on a nice day has beautiful views of the boats and estuary," states Mark Ballock, event co-chair.

Tentative plans on arrival is a snack or lunch and an optional tour of the U.S.S. Potomac. A website full of information is

Members may register for the bike ride without registering for the conference. A souvenir T-shirt is given to each registered rider.

Registration fee is $15, donated to The Rotary Foundation for Polio Plus. Riders are encouraged to make an additional donation and ask club members to sponsor his or her ride. For example, donate $1 per mile from each club member.

To register go to the District 5160 website and click 2017 District Conference. Scroll down to the Optional Activities and select the ride, enter and pay.

Experience Rotarian and cyclist camaraderie while supporting polio eradication, worldwide.

Pedal for polio on Friday, March 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Contact Bill Campbell at for additional information.



Great news for my fellow Northern Area Rotarians! Recently, you received an invitation from District-Governor-Elect Gary Vilhauer to attend your April 8 Area Assembly. In response to popular demand, we are now doubling the chance that you'll be able to attend! Remember, the goal is to get the Rotary info you've requested into your hands more conveniently than ever! To that end, you can now choose whichever of TWO Spring Training Northern Assemblies that best fit your schedule!

Register at the link below to attend a Spring Assembly ...the one planned for you, or the one in Redding!

Spring Assembly - North Valley (Beernuts) Area Saturday April 8, 2017 -- 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM  .
Location: Butte College Chico Center, 2320 Forest Ave., Chico

Remember, this area assembly has invited PDG George Chaffey to be your lunch speaker. (Never heard him before? You’re in for a treat!)


or as an alternate, you could drive north –


Spring Assembly - North State Area Clubs
 Saturday April 22, 2017 -- 8:30 AM to Noon -- Especially for the Redding/Red Bluff (North State Perfect 10) Area and Mountain Foursters Clubs.
Location: Shasta Union High School District Offices, 2200 Eureka Way, Redding


Topics include Must Know Info for new & long-time Rotarians, tips on Successful Service Projects and Awesome Fundraising Projects, Planning Ahead for Your Club and Member Development Today -- yes, that includes everything from Millennials to Retirees!


Dora Burke, Dar Meyer’s friend, will be delivering the quilts she makes every year for Rotoplast at the April 8th Assembly.


Celebrate with us in Atlanta


Children getting drinking water


It's just a few months until we'll be together at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta - 11-14 June - celebrating The Rotary Foundation's 100th anniversary, networking with old and new friends, and enriching our Rotary experience. If you haven't registered yet, there's still time, and you can save if you register by 31 March. If you've already registered, be sure to invite your Rotary friends.


The Host Organization Committee has planned several exciting events to enhance your stay in Atlanta. For the kickoff event, on the evening of Saturday, 10 June, the dress code is casual, as you'll sit under the stars in Centennial Olympic Park and be entertained by first-class bluegrass music. Grammy Award-winning performer Ricky Skaggs will get everyone up on their feet clapping and dancing to the fiddle and mandolin, and cloggers will perform in their country style. Food and drinks will be available from food trucks and beverage carts stationed at strategic locations. We're anticipating a packed event, so purchase your tickets early!

From Monday through Wednesday, 12-14 June, you can choose from more than 100 breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics. Here's a sneak peek at topics being developed for Atlanta:

Be sure to check the website regularly for more program highlights.




Bring guests, who you think you can interest in becoming a member, to meetings.  We will be having a visit from the District Governor or an Assistant District Governor to assist us with membership.  In the meantime please invite Durham business owners and/or managers to one of our meeting.


The club, by vote, approved the membership of Steven Heithecker.  Welcome Steve.




Jim Kirks volunteered that his granddaughter has been selectd for the Junior Olympics and will be attending school next year in Spain.  He contribute $10.


Ravi volunteered that his fleet of converted airplanes has passed inspections.  He also volunteered $10.


Must Be Present To Win

Steve Greenwood was not present to win this drawing.





Larry Bradley presented Steve Lambert, 4th District Butte County Supervisor.  He spoke mostly about the problems with Oroville Dam and the DWR.  He disclosed that the Board had told the DWR that the dam need repair 10 years ago.  The DWR, which is mostly controlled by southern California water districts, who don’t want to spend the money, ignored the problem.  During the crisis, our Sheriff Honig was the only one who had his wits about him and essentially took control because the DWR employees seemed to be pretending it was a minor problem.  He has been back to Washington about the problems and money to fix the Dam had highway 70.  Some has been appropriated.  He expects to return again.  He indicates that the administration does now understand that we have a serious problems.  Yet the dam is a State project providing water to southern California and the water districts getting the water should pay the repair bill.


From Rotary International:


Rotary road trip hits 14 West Coast cities to work with clubs and communities


By Brad Webber Photos by Alyce Henson


Hundreds of Rotarians applauded as a 25-foot recreational vehicle rambled toward the Fess Parker hotel, a palm-lined resort on the Pacific oceanfront in Santa Barbara, Calif.  

Two Rotarians, two Rotaractors, and a district governor on board the RV had just concluded a 2,400-mile road trip that originated in Seattle nearly two weeks earlier, stopping for service projects in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona. (There was also a kickoff party in October in Hawaii.) The road trip helped link Rotarians with charitable organizations in their home communities, encouraged clubs to partner with their crosstown counterparts, and illustrated the scope and value of Rotary.



The RV team includes Nicholas Domingo, left, Katie Coard, Joey Vaesen, Abbey Hawthorne, Melissa Cross, and Wulff Reinhold. 


After a brief welcome, more than 400 Rotarians, some with spouses, piled onto buses and followed the RV to two Boys & Girls clubs in Santa Barbara where they hoisted paintbrushes, sandpaper, hammers, and rakes to revitalize the youth centers. (Local Rotarians, along with members of Interact and Rotaract, met separately to refurbish a third club, in Carpinteria.) Dozens stayed behind at the hotel to fill 400 backpacks that would later be given to the children. The point: a potent display of the power of Rotary.


“I was amazed,” says Jeff Henley, vice chairman of Oracle Corp. and a governor of the national board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, who watched the mob of Rotarians give a center a face-lift by painting the hallways and gymnasiums, adding storage lockers, weeding playfields, and refinishing picnic tables.  


Santa Barbara Rotarian Michael Baker is the CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County, which serves about 550 children every day, mostly underprivileged youth who find the clubs to be an after-school haven. “It was beautiful, ” Baker says. “There were teams assembling cubbies, teams sanding and painting benches, teams doing general cleaning. We had another two sets of teams cataloging books. Nobody was standing around.”


Joey Vaesen, a 21-year-old member of the Rotaract Club of Victoria, B.C., rode in the RV and was the youngest person on the tour. 



In Santa Barbara, he cleared brush from a playground at a Boys & Girls club as others, including Past RI President William B. Boyd, painted a door in a blue closely matching Rotary’s hue. Vaesen signed on for the RV expedition at the suggestion of Katie Coard, charter president of the Rotary Club of Downtown Victoria. “It started off as this public image type thing,” he explains. “We were focusing on what Rotary is doing on the West Coast and just trying to get the word out there.” But Vaesen says the RV tour also ended up connecting local clubs that otherwise might not have worked together. 


The 14-city RV expedition was primarily organized by Danielle Lallement, charter president of the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening. The self-described tour manager says the RV trip was modeled after a similar journey in which four Rotarians drove an RV from Pennsylvania to Iowa a year earlier. 


That foray, called Rollin’ with Rotary, was inspired by RI Vice President Jennifer E. Jones. Jones had asked the participants of the 2014 Young Professionals Summit, a Chicago meeting of 32 young Rotary leaders, to “dream big,” and one suggested an RV tour. 


“We took their idea and expanded it,” says Lallement, who called this tour “Connecting for Good.” RI Director Brad Howard gave the road trip his stamp of approval. “The tour was organized and orchestrated by these emerging Rotary leaders – every aspect, all the finances, all the logistics,” Howard says. 


Giving younger Rotarians freedom to make a difference in Rotary is key to the organization’s vibrance.

Giving younger Rotarians freedom to make a difference in Rotary is key to the organization’s vibrancy, Howard and Lallement say. Separately, the two bemoan the obstacles that younger Rotarians have faced. 


“One club, to get on the board of directors, you had to be in the club for eight years,” says Lallement, who chartered what is now a 40-member club with an average age of about 37. “Especially in the area I live in, you have tech people, they’re millionaires, and they’re 25, maybe 30. You ask them to come into an organization and then you tell them that they can’t be the leader of the organization? So they don’t join. Or they come into the club and they realize, ‘well, they obviously don’t need me.’ ”


“Only in Rotary could people in their 30s or 40s be called young professionals,” Howard says. Only about 5 percent of Rotarians are under 40. 


Inspired by the Chicago Young Professionals Summit, Lallement and Howard developed their own zone summit to match young Rotarian professionals with older ones, the “cultural” leaders of Rotary. 


“We wanted to develop a network of emerging Rotary leaders and put them in leadership roles,” says Howard. “But we needed buy-in from the current leadership – the 50-, 60-, 70-year-olds – to view these people in their district as having a voice. We hired two professors of innovation and change management from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.” The summit showed participants that, young or old, Rotarians all have common ground – they share the same values and goals.


At the Boys & Girls Club of San Dieguito in Encinitas, 150 U.S. Navy sailors helped Rotarians, Interactors, and Rotaractors clean up a half-acre garden. 



Celebrating the meeting’s success over champagne, Lallement and a small group decided that one way to present a younger image of Rotary to the world would be to replicate the Rollin’ with Rotary RV tour. 


“But we did it a little bit differently,” she says. “We didn’t want it to be random acts of kindness. Instead, we collaborated with companies, organizations that don’t know what Rotary is. I asked members in the cities we visited to work with their districts to make it a multiclub event.” After the Connecting for Good kickoff in Hawaii, Howard and Lallement flew back to the mainland to meet the team and see them off. A combination of grant money and donations funded the trip.


After about nine months of planning – and route mapping by Katie Coard, 33-year-old charter president of the Rotary Club of Downtown Victoria – four riders met in the Seattle area to undertake their first act of service. It was a project at Elk Run Farm in Maple Valley, Wash., affiliated with Rotary First Harvest, a program that supports area food banks by growing produce and coordinating the distribution of imperfect, but nutritious, donated vegetables and fruit.


Under the tutelage of First Harvest’s executive director, David Bobanick, of the nearby Rotary Club of Mercer Island, the group, aided by another dozen or so volunteers, assembled a 90-foot “caterpillar tunnel” by shoveling dirt, burrowing rebar into the ground, stretching PVC pipe into an arch, and covering the beams with a plastic tarp.

 “Basically it’s a kind of poor man’s version of a greenhouse,” says Bobanick, noting that it’s used to extend the growing season. 


“It was a significant undertaking, but they were very willing to work and participate and eager to help any way they could. They rolled up their sleeves and got to work.” Bobanick hailed “the variety and diversity of the projects” planned for the tour: hardly a “cookie-cutter approach where ‘we’re going to do the same project here and there.’ It reflects well on how Rotary is engaged in the community.”


From there, the group motored to the Oregon Food Bank (in a car because of a paperwork snafu that meant the RV would meet them in Portland). 


The team repacked and labeled bulk foodstuffs alongside members of the Portland Hub of Global Shapers, a service group connected with the World Economic Forum. It was the second stop on a journey that included Eugene, Ore.; Sacramento, San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, and Bakersfield, Calif.; Las Vegas; Phoenix; and San Diego, Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara, Calif. Some days included service projects in multiple cities. The longest drive was eight hours.


Wulff Reinhold, governor of District 5130 and a member of the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati in Northern California, was the main driver on the trip.



“We were a pretty good team even by the time we hit the second or third cities,” says the principal driver, Wulff Reinhold, governor of District 5130 and a member of the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati in Northern California. Retired after 35 years in public safety with police and fire departments, 


“I’m used to driving large firetrucks, so driving an RV was no problem for me,” he says. Not so for Coard, however, who took the wheel from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara. “It was my first time driving an RV, so it was kind of scary,” she says. “We were in the Topanga Canyon, going through this winding, bending road, in an RV, in the dark.”  


A less harrowing, yet still exciting, tour highlight occurred in Encinitas, Calif., when 150 sailors from the Navy’s USS Theodore Roosevelt met Rotarians from three clubs, Interactors, and Rotaractors at a Boys & Girls club. The club had been deeded a half-acre parcel that had a garden strewn with weeds. The assemblage descended on this garden and performed three months’ worth of cleanup in an afternoon. 


In San Francisco, the team combined with Global Shapers, the Mission Economic Development Agency, and Year Up to sponsor a project to help 18- to 24-year-olds “close the soft-skills gap.” 


Held at LinkedIn’s headquarters, the session provided tips on résumé building and interviewing. “The mayor also gave us a proclamation. It was Connecting for Good Day,” says Lallement, who observed that the city is not exactly ideal for recreational vehicles. “I reserved parking in a lot. I tried to explain [the space needs to the lot attendant], and he said it was no problem. Then the RV showed up and his eyes were big.” 

The rig maneuvered in, but “getting out was pretty hairy.”


A recurring concern, however, that Hawthorne and others noted was encountering Rotarians who had not undertaken a community service project in months, if not years. The team’s presence offered a reason to engage in hands-on service again. 


But the turnouts, particularly at the final event in Santa Barbara, inspired the team. “What was beautiful was seeing people in their 20s and people in their 80s working side by side, some of them covered in paint, some sweating. All laughing, all feeling accomplished,” says RI Director Howard. 


“This kind of project reminds us of why we’re in Rotary in the first place,” says Ryan Clements, a member of the Rotary Club of Columbus, Ga. “To go out, roll up our shirtsleeves, and do good in the world.” 



The group visited 14 cities in five states and logged more than 2,500 volunteer hours.


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